NEW ORLEANS — Rapper Lil Boosie says serving time in a Louisiana prison on drug charges was life changing, has made him a better person and ultimately, he hopes, a better artist.
"I feel like I've got more stories to tell," Lil Boosie said during a press event Monday in New Orleans. "I've got a lot to say about my life, about what I went through in prison and about what my family went through.
"I'm a much better person. I'm much stronger. I know who my real friends are and I know who ain't."
MILAN — Italy's highest court has upheld the guilty verdicts against the final three U.S. defendants in the 2003 rendition kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect.
The ruling Tuesday marks the final court decision since Italian courts six and a half years ago began the only prosecution to date against the Bush administration's practice of abducting terror suspects and moving them to third countries where torture was permitted.
HALLOWELL, Maine — Traditional Maine smelt fishing is banned in the lower half of the state this spring from Stonington to the New Hampshire border.
Battered and fried, the small fish is a spring staple in Maine.
The Department of Marine Resources says in a press release that the closure will protect smelt at a vulnerable life stage when they are spawning. The closure will begin on March 14 and impact fishing camps on the Kennebec River as well as small tributaries.
The closure will last 90 days during the spawning period through an emergency rulemaking.
GENEVA — Nearly half of Syria's school-age children — 2.8 million and counting — cannot get an education because of the devastation and violence from a civil war now entering its fourth year, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.
BOSTON — The state is defending its heavily criticized process for selecting companies to run medical marijuana dispensaries, but it still has not provided an explanation for its failure to verify applicants' information until after approving provisional licenses.
In an 18-page letter to a state lawmaker investigating the licensing process, the head of Massachusetts's medical marijuana program insisted that the Public Health Department "rigorously verifies" information in the applications and "investigates any allegations that information provided is not accurate."
RICHMOND, Va. — Federal prosecutors say former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is not entitled to more details on what they allege he did wrong in his public corruption case.
McDonnell's lawyers have complained that the 14-count indictment in the case is too vague. They are asking for a "bill of particulars" spelling out in more detail exactly how prosecutors allege he broke the law.
WASHINGTON — Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.
Addressing a nearly empty chamber and visitor gallery, more than two dozen speakers agreed with each other about the need to act on climate change. Naysayers — Republicans — largely stayed away, arguing hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.
DETROIT — A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition switch problem in compact cars.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a large number of complaints about the problem during the past decade. But GM didn't recall the 1.6 million cars worldwide until last month.
NEW YORK — Joe McGinniss wasn't one to let a story tell itself.
Whether insisting on the guilt of a murder suspect after seemingly befriending him or moving next door to Sarah Palin's house for a most unauthorized biography, McGinniss was unique in his determination to get the most inside information, in how publicly he burned bridges with his subjects and how memorably he placed himself in the narrative.
Speed appeared to be a factor in the derailment of a Green Line train that derailed yesterday afternoon, sending 10 people to the hospital and roiling the evening rush-hour commute, an MBTA spokesman said.
“Speed is among the factors that investigators believe contributed to the incident,” T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an email today. He added the investigation is ongoing, and he declined to disclose the identity of the 48-year-old driver.
BERLIN — German doctors treating Yulia Tymoshenko say the former Ukrainian prime minister's chronic back pain has improved after four days of treatment and may not require surgery.
Berlin's Charite hospital said in a statement Tuesday that Tymoshenko has responded well to injections at the site of the affected nerves.
The 53-year-old suffered three slipped discs while imprisoned on what Western governments considered politically motivated charges of corruption.
She was freed last month after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine.
TEHRAN, Iran — Shoulder to shoulder, cheek to cheek, young women and men sit next to each other while a thick film of cigarette smoke fills the dimly lit cafe in central Tehran. Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" blares from the speakers.
SCRANTON, Pa. — A northeastern Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to posting an online threat to kill the president.
Nicholas Savino pleaded guilty Monday to posting a threat on the White House website last August that said, "President Obama the Anti-Christ. As a result of breaking the constitution you will stand down or be shot dead."
The 42-year-old Clarks Summit man will be sentenced June 11. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
NEW DELHI — Indian Maoist rebels ambushed paramilitary soldiers in a brazen daytime attack Tuesday, killing 20 at a camp in a remote central forest and putting authorities on alert just weeks before national elections.
The soldiers had been in a group of 44 guarding road construction workers in the south of Chhattisgarh state when about 200 rebels circled their camp and opened fire, police inspector general Mukesh Gupta said.
LONDON — We Will Rock You" won't be rocking in London much longer.
The long-running musical set to the songs of rock band Queen will close May 31, after 12 years and 4,600 performances in London's West End.
Producers say the show at London's Dominion Theatre has been seen by more than 6.5 million people.
KAMPALA, Uganda — Rights activists on Tuesday petitioned Uganda's Constitutional Court to challenge the validity of an anti-gay measure that allows severe penalties against homosexuality.
The activists — under a group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law — hope the court will agree the new law violates Uganda's constitution by encouraging discrimination based on sexual orientation.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, there's always a heart-pounding thrill at the finish line in Nome, a rollicking frontier city on Alaska's western coast.
The city's siren blares as the winning team trots along Front Street at the edge of the Bering Sea. Spectators are heavily bundled against the bone-chilling cold as they cheer and chant the victor's name.
LONDON — In another sign that Europe's economy is turning the corner, a leading ratings agency found Tuesday that the value of new stock market listings more than tripled in 2013.
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Authorities in New York have apprehended a man police say robbed a bank in Stockbridge.
Witnesses told police the man who robbed a Lee Bank branch at about 4 p.m. Monday drove away in a late model blue Chevrolet pickup truck with orange New York plates.
New York State Police spotted the truck later Monday and arrested 34-year-old Christopher Blair of Hillsdale, N.Y., which is right across the state line.
WRGB-TV reports that Blair was arraigned Tuesday as a fugitive from justice and held without bail.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is hamming it up online to promote his health care plan.
Obama joked Tuesday with comedian Zach Galifianakis, including poking fun at the poorly reviewed "Hangover Part III" during an interview on the website Funny or Die.
Galifianakis typically poses awkward questions to celebrity guests appearing on "Between Two Ferns," and Obama was no exception. After being asked how it felt to be "the last black president" and about the false notion that he was born in Kenya, the president pitched sign-ups for health care by the March 31 deadline.